Many mothers who come in for a tummy tuck or breast augmentation/lift consultation at our Memphis, Tennessee, practice are unaware that there is a procedure just for moms that addresses both of these areas. It’s called a mommy makeover, and it helps women to get back their pre-baby figures without having to undergo two separate operations. For Dr. Johnson and many patients who have had children, it’s a very gratifying procedure because it produces remarkable, customized results.
Mommy makeover can be a transformative experience. If you would like to learn more about the procedure, please request a consultation with Dr. Johnson, or give us a call at (901) 737-1050, and we'll be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
Why Every Mommy Makeover Is Unique
Pregnancy can affect the mother's body in a number of different ways, many of which make it difficult or impossible to get back to the way you looked prior to having children. The abdomen may protrude, making you look like you’re still pregnant. The breasts may decrease in volume or droop. And in some cases, less predictable changes to other areas of the body may develop.
Every mom has a unique journey, and Dr. Johnson takes the time to listen to each woman’s concerns and goals. Your surgical plan will be distinctly yours, and it will be the result of a careful, thoughtful collaboration between you and Dr. Johnson.
Do I Need a Mommy Makeover?
The best mommy makeover candidates have a clear idea of the ways their bodies have changed, and have tried to address those changes through a healthy diet and reasonable fitness routine. If good habits don’t produce the desired results, surgical intervention can help.
Mommy makeovers are popular with twentysomethings, as well as moms who now have grown kids that are out of the house.
Your Mommy Makeover Options
Mommy makeovers produce dramatic results by grouping multiple procedures together. There is no set combination, but it usually involves both breast enhancement and body contouring procedures. These are the most common choices.
- Breast augmentation replaces lost volume with breast implants. At his Memphis, TN, practice, Dr. Johnson offers both saline and cohesive silicone gel implants.
- Breast lift brings the breasts to a higher position on the chest and restores a more youthful shape.
- Liposuction, used judiciously, targets pockets of fat that don't respond to diet and exercise.
- Tummy tuck repairs any separation in the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin and stretch marks, and restores a natural appearance to the belly button.
On your surgery day, you will travel to our surgery center just a few blocks from the office. Dr. Johnson will work from your surgical plan to perform your procedure while you are under general anesthesia. A mommy makeover is outpatient cosmetic surgery, which means that you will be going home (under the care of a loved one) afterward.
The exact parameters and instructions for your recovery will vary based on the combination of procedures you've chosen, but generally speaking, it's wise to plan on taking about 2 weeks off from work for a job that is not all that physically demanding.
Some results may be noticeable immediately (e.g., added volume from breast augmentation), while others will take a few weeks to several months to develop as swelling and redness gradually recede.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I get a mommy makeover after having children?
At a minimum, patients need to wait 6 months after transitioning from breastfeeding before planning for surgery. Your body needs that much time to adjust after weaning the baby from nursing.
For many moms, though, it's not that simple. If you have young children, the need to rest and recover will prevent you from lifting them or chasing after them, and you will need to rely on your spouse, partner, family, and friends to help take care of them during that time.
What is the advantage to combining procedures?
First, combining procedures gives the body the opportunity to heal from cosmetic surgery all at once, rather than spacing out recovery time across each separate procedure. It also ends up being more affordable for the patient, because you will only end up paying the fees associated with surgery once (e.g., anesthesia, use of surgical facility).
If I become pregnant again, will it affect my results?
Yes, having another child can work to undo the results of a mommy makeover. Another pregnancy will place the same stressors on your body, and it's a fair assumption that your body will change in similar ways.
For this reason, Dr. Johnson always strongly urges patients who are considering a mommy makeover to be certain that they do not wish to have any more children.